CSUMB Ranked Among Sierra Magazine’s 2018 Cool Schools

the roundabout in front of the Library

Photo by: Steve Zmak

The Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library is a 2010 LEED Silver building.

SEASIDE, Calif., August 27, 2018California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) was recognized today by Sierra magazine, the national magazine of the Sierra Club, who released its twelfth annual “Cool Schools” ranking of North America’s greenest colleges and universities.

CSUMB ranked 145 out of 269 schools and joined 15 other CSU campuses, including Chico, Humboldt, Sacramento, Northridge, San Jose, Channel Islands, Cal Poly and San Diego, in recognition for their commitment to sustainability.

Sierra received complete surveys from a record-breaking 269 schools, which now include Canadian schools and community colleges.

Sierra's ranking serves as "a guide for prospective students, current students, administrators, and alumni to compare colleges’ commitments to environmentalism. It also serves to spur healthy competition among schools, raise environmental standards on campus, and publicly reward the institutions that work hard to protect the planet."

This is the second year CSUMB has participated in the survey; in 2017 we ranked 152 out of 227 schools.

“I am very pleased we have improved our ranking,” said Lacey Raak, CSUMB's Sustainability Director. “It reflects tens of thousands of hours of hard work by staff, faculty and students throughout the campus to raise awareness, to have conversations and, most important, to act. It starts by changing behavior and making decisions that support the sustainability of our campus and community. By working together, I am confident that we will continue to improve in the years to come.”

The full ranking of 269 colleges and universities, including each school’s completed questionnaire, is online at Sierra Magazine.